I have worked in the caring system for three years, and in this time I have found that I have some skills that may help me in university and the nursing profession.
My first strength I feel is the most important and this is communication. I would say this is priority strength, as you need communication in all walks of life, but is particularly important in my chosen career.
In nursing you need to communicate with staff, with relatives and most important, with the people you are looking after.
My next strength is connected to my last strength which is my skill for listening and empathising.
My other skills are people Skills and good caring skills. All these skills I have acquired over the years as a carer in a nursing home, they have been taught to me by other nurses and carers I have worked alongside in my job, helping me to develop my strengths to further my career.
Although I have said above, that two of my strengths were listening and communication, I also think that they are two of my weaknesses, this is because sometimes my mind wanders.
Another weakness of mine is waffling. Sometimes I will carry on writing or speaking nonsense, this maybe because of my next weakness which is lack of confidence.
Existing Academic Skills
At present I work as health care assistant in a nursing home and with this have gained the following:
NVQ level 2 in health and social care ,Basic infection control, Basic health and safety, Load management and client handling techniques, Dealing with challenging behaviour and I was awarded a personal best certificate for providing an individual service.
On the29th June 2004 I received 2 credits at level 3 for forensic science scenes of crime on the National open College Network at Chester College of further education.